Check back frequently as we work to update our calendar for the upcoming year!

LWMTA meets the third Tuesday of each month. Please join us!

General Schedule for Meetings:

  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am Business Meeting
  • 11:00 am – 11:15 am Refreshments
  • 11:15 am – 12:00 pm Presentation/Workshop

September 2022

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 10:30 am: “New Beginnings”

Come to our meeting and learn about events planned for the year and ideas for making some of our events work virtually if needed. Program Chairs will be available to discuss their events that they are managing. This is a great opportunity to meet the chairpersons, explore opportunities for your students and learn ways that you can participate and make LWMTA a stronger and more vital organization for teachers and students.

October 2022

Tuesday, October 18, 2022  at 10:30 am: Presenter Sharon Van Valin “Music Teachers and Money Management a Symphonic Synergism”

Sharon Van Valin will share her presentation that she gave at the Washington State Conference in June. Besides being an investor, she has been teaching original composition since the 1970s and her students have won multiple awards. 

Have you ever wondered how to approach investments as an independent teacher? Sharon Van Valin will share her experiences as a long-term investor and how she has been able to use that experience to create and sustain a viable retirement plan.

November 2022

Saturday, November 5, 2022: Lake Washington Musical Passport at Northwest Pianos (Chairs: Pei-Hsin Kao and Makiko Meyer)

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 10:30 am: Presenter Jeffrey Pettijohn “Can I Please Play Another Scale?”

Please come to hear how Jefferey Pettijohn, a composer, pianist, teacher and public speaker, motivates his students to practice and actually enjoy learning scales! He will give the presentation that he shared at the WSMTA Conference in June 2022. 

Knowing our scales and triads is essential to being a well rounded musician. However, all too often they are learned and played as an exception. If you are looking to infuse your studio with enthusiasm and excitement over technical work, the Scale-A-Thon is the answer. This contest will have your students running into the studio just to play scales and triads. Watch in amazement as they transpose an improvised idea to different keys. Play along with them as they vamp a chord progression. Enjoy the improvement you have been waiting for as students finally focus on improvement just to get those points. Students of any instrument will improve their technique, creativity, improvising skills and overall musicianship in this fun and friend composition.

December 2022

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 10:30 am: Potluck

Holiday Luncheon at Satomi Pellerin’s studio; please bring something to share! 

January 2023

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 10:30 am: Presenter Dr. Nicole Kim, NCTM “How to Approach Beethoven Sonatas; Up to Op. 10″

We are excited to have LWMTA Treasurer, Dr. Nicole Kim, share her extensive knowledge of Beethoven with a focus on his earlier sonatas. Nicole will share the insights and discoveries she has made and how Beethoven set the foundation for all his sonatas during these first five. 

Saturday, January 28, 2023: Young Composers Recital (Chairs: Mary Kaye Owen, NCTM and Kaitlin Mitchell)

February 2023

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 10:30 am: Presenters Melanie Stroud, NCTM, Mary Kaye Owen, NCTM, and Gloria Tzuang “Preparing Students for the Music Literacy Program”

WSMTA MLP Chair Melanie Stroud, along with LWMTA MLP Chairs Mary Kaye and Gloria will walk us through the process of preparing our students for the MLP exams. They will be available to answer your questions and share with us the new sections that will be added this year!

Thursday-Saturday, February 16-18, 2023: Music Artistry Program (MAP) at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Bellevue (Chair: Selina Chu, NCTM)

Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 5:00 pm: MAP Recognition Recital at Northwest Pianos, 13310 Bel-Red Rd #100, Bellevue, WA 98005 (Chair: Selina Chu, NCTM)

Our MAP Recognition Recital is open to any student that has participated in MAP 2022. Performing one of their MAP pieces in front of an audience is a nice way to honor and celebrate their achievements.

The Chapter Representative for the WSMTA State Conference is also chosen at this recital, by a majority vote of the LWMTA teachers in attendance. Each teacher will receive a program that indicates the students who would like to perform during the state conference. Votes will be tallied by committee and the Representative will be notified the following day.

March 2023

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 10:30 am: Presenter Thomas Lee, DMA “Evoking, Suggesting, and Murmuring at the Piano: Franz Liszt and the Seeds of Impressionism”

We are excited to have Dr. Thomas Lee, DMA, share with us the fascinating presentation he made at a previous WSMTA Conference.  

How did the modern piano—a percussive instrument that produces its sound through the force of hammers striking strings—come to be called upon to conjure up vivid sights, sounds, scents and sensations? To evoke the atmosphere of Far East pagodas, paint reflections in the water, and stir up sounds and scents whirling in the evening air? Today we often take this miraculous evocative ability of Impressionist music for granted and while Debussy and Ravel are largely credited for opening possibilities, the groundwork for their achievements were actually laid half a century before by Franz Liszt works. We will discover his innovative evocative language before drawing connections to works by Debussy and Ravel, ultimately uncovering the ways in which Liszt sowed the seeds of Impressionism.

Saturday-Wednesday, March 25-29, 2023: MTNA Conference in Reno, Nevada

April 2023

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 10:30 am: Presenter Kathy Mortensen, WSMTA President

Our WSMTA President, Kathy Mortensen will be visiting and sharing information pertinent to member benefits, MTNA and WSMTA news. Bring your questions!

May 2023

Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 10:00 am-4:00 pm: Music Literacy Program at Eastside Bahai Center (Chairs: Mary Kaye Owen and Gloria Tzuang)

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 10:30 am: Spring Luncheon & Membership Appreciation at Satomi Pellerin’s Studio

Please join us in sharing our appreciation for our members who have volunteered for us.

June 2023

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at 10:30 am: Officers and Committee Chairs Meeting at Nicole Kim’s Studio (meeting may be held via Zoom)

July 2023

No Scheduled Activities

August 2023

No Scheduled Activities